Market launch of Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell fuel cell plug-in hybrid (Pictures)

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Mercedes-Benz is setting a further milestone on the road to emission-free driving with the handover of the first GLC F-CELL vehicles to selected customers in the German market. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL (combined hydrogen consumption: 0.34 kg/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, combined electrical consumption: 13.7 kWh/100 km) is unique worldwide as it features both fuel cells and a battery drive which can be charged externally using plug-in technology.

Market launch of Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell fuel cell plug-in hybrid (Pictures) - Brand Spur
GLC F-CELL

Alongside various national and regional ministries as well as the National Organisation Hydrogen (NOW) and H2 Mobility, the first customers in the German market also include Deutsche Bahn, the German railways. Further handovers will also be made this year, including to the companies Air Liquide, Shell, Linde AG and also the cities of Stuttgart and Hamburg. Other business, as well as private customers in Germany, will also be able to enjoy access to the GLC F-CELL from the spring of 2019 via Mercedes-Benz Rent.

Market launch of Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell fuel cell plug-in hybrid (Pictures) - Brand Spur
GLC F-CELL

The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL is a unique plug-in hybrid as apart from the electricity it can also run on pure hydrogen. The SUV is an all-electric vehicle suitable for everyday use which emits no CO2 emissions whatsoever during operation. The interplay between battery and fuel cell, a long range and short refuelling times make the GLC F‑CELL a vehicle which boasts high everyday practicality. Two carbon-fibre-encased tanks in the vehicle floor hold 4.4 kg of hydrogen. Thanks to globally standardised 700-bar tank technology, the hydrogen supply can be replenished within just three minutes – as quickly as is customary when refuelling a combustion-engined car. With a hydrogen consumption of around 1 kg/100 km, the GLC F-CELL achieves around 430 hydrogen-based kilometres1 in the NEDC cycle; in hybrid mode, it additionally delivers up to 51 km1 on a fully charged battery. At the same time, an output of 155 kW helps to ensure high driving dynamics.

Market launch of Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell fuel cell plug-in hybrid (Pictures) - Brand Spur
GLC F-CELL

Coordinated: operating strategy with a unique variety of combinations

The innovative plug-in fuel cell drive combines the advantages of both zero-emission drive technologies and, thanks to its intelligent operating strategy, continuously optimises the use of both energy sources in line with the current operating situation. This is also influenced by the selected drive program: ECO, COMFORT or SPORT.

Market launch of Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell fuel cell plug-in hybrid (Pictures) - Brand Spur

Market launch of Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell fuel cell plug-in hybrid (Pictures) - Brand Spur
There are four operating modes:

HYBRID: the vehicle draws power from both energy sources. Power peaks are handled by the battery, while the fuel cell runs in the optimum efficiency range.

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F-CELL: the state of charge of the high-voltage battery is kept constant by the energy from the fuel cell. Only hydrogen is consumed. This mode is ideal for steady cruising over long distances.

BATTERY: the GLC F-CELL runs all-electrically and is powered by the high-voltage battery. The fuel cell system is not in operation. This is the ideal mode for short distances.

CHARGE: charging the high-voltage battery has priority, for example in order to recharge the battery for the maximum overall range prior to refuelling with hydrogen or to create power reserves.

In all operating modes, the system features an energy recovery function, which makes it possible to recover energy during braking or coasting and to store it in the battery.

Market launch of Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell fuel cell plug-in hybrid (Pictures) - Brand Spur
Enis Yaris, Teamleiter Flottenverkauf Mercedes-Benz Berlin (li.) mit Michael Stein, Chief Financial Officer H2 Mobility. GLC F-CELL (Wasserstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 0,34 kg/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km, Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 13,7 kWh/100 km). Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO2-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Die EG-Typgenehmigung und eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.;Wasserstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 0,34 kg/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km, Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 13,7 kWh/100 km*
Enis Yaris, Head of Fleet Sales Mercedes-Benz Berlin (left) hands over one of the first GLC F-CELL vehicles to Michael Stein, Chief Financial Officer H2. Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL (combined hydrogen consumption: 0.34 kg/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, combined electrical consumption: 13.7 kWh/100 km). Figures for fuel consumption, electrical consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test method and correlated into NEDC figures. The EC type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official figures are possible.;Combined hydrogen consumption: 0.34 kg/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, combined electrical consumption: 13.7 kWh/100 km*